The Low Road

Power to the people
April 27, 2007, 8:10 pm
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San Francisco’s cycling community learns how to make city politics work for it. All those hills are making them strong.


Final project
April 27, 2007, 1:44 pm
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ICM 506 project advice
April 23, 2007, 8:53 pm
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I’ll admit: I’m a little behind the curve on the technical end. I don’t even have DreamWeaver or Flash software, and my HTML is pretty weak. But I wanted to finish the semester with my project up on a working Web site rather than a PowerPoint presentation. Earlier this semester I worked out a relatively easy way to do this on a WordPress blog, so I thought I’d post it here in case anyone else was struggling.

A method for creating interactive blogs for ICM 506 projects:


Under “WRITE” select “WRITE PAGE” (not “WRITE POST” — pages are different!)

Write a new page for each page of your project and publish it. Tabbed browsing will keep you from going insane — sorry IE users. Make sure put the page number in the title or somewhere else so you can keep track of them.

When you are done, select “MANAGE PAGES” and select “EDIT” for each page of your project, in order. Use tabbed browsing to keep this manageable (sorry IE users).

Open MANAGE PAGES in a separate window (so you can toggle between them). Again using tabs, select “VIEW” to open each page of your project in order.

OK. You now should have two windows open, one with all of your pages in “edit” mode and one in “view” mode, showing all of the pages themselves.

One housekeeping task before you get started: In the edit window, go from window to window and uncheck “allow comments” and “allow pings” so you don’t have people commenting and pinging on every page. You might choose to keep them on the final page.

Now you need to create the “NEXT” and “BACK” buttons. (Don’t bother plugging in text — it’ll be easy once you get the formatting done.) Here’s where it pays off to be able to toggle between the edit and view windows.

Go to the first page in edit mode. Since this is the first page, you only need a NEXT button. Type NEXT and then toggle over to view; copy the URL for page 2, return to edit mode and link NEXT to that URL.

Move on to page 2. Here you’ll need a BACK and NEXT button, so you need to go to view mode, select the URL for page one, link it to BACK, then link page 3 to NEXT.

Continue the process for each page of your blog. (Don’t forget, you don’t need a NEXT button on the last page.) It’s laborious, but it works. Be sure to check that the links all work the way they’re supposed to.

With a little experimentation, you can do all sorts of things using this method. If you’re really masochistic, you can display the page numbers, linking each number to the appropriate page: I tried this but gave it up as too labor intensive.

You can also add a HOME link, sending the reader back to the main blog.

* Even if your quiz isn’t interactive, you can make it functional. Post the questions on one page, and create another one for the answers.

Bitch bitch, moan moan
April 23, 2007, 8:07 pm
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Random bitching:

American cyclist’s nightmare: Approach to Edinburgh via Queensferry Road. Brutal traffic and buses that claim the shoulder; traffic circles rather than stoplights. And, oh yeah — the traffic is all going around it the wrong direction.

Most bruising hill: The ride to Penmar Park in Maryland.

Worst moment on two wheels: The day before my wedding, I rode to get my wedding outfit. About five blocks from my house my suit bag got caught in the spokes — bike stopped, I didn’t. Not the fall that bothers me per se: What really gets me was the three or four drivers who slowed down but didn’t ask if I was OK. Turned out I broke my arm at the elbow. Wedding went on as scheduled — just couldn’t move my arm.

Worst place to ride in greater New Haven: Dixwell Avenue near the Hamden Plaza. Clearly built with the four-wheel crowd in mind — can’t even walk across the street without risking your neck.

“Hey, take my dirty hakama!” (revised)
March 29, 2007, 11:06 pm
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Note: This is an expanded version of a post that ran on this blog in January.


Part I: A Street Encounter

It happened about a year ago as David Streever was bicycling home from his regular workout in New Haven, Conn.

“I was surprised by a young assailant who rushed me, grabbed for my duffel bag … and then tried to punch me,” recalls Streever, a Web developer who is active with a local cycling group.

He was caught off-guard but managed to evade the punch. Thinking, “Hey, take my dirty hakama,” Streever did what came naturally: He drew the bamboo kendo sword he’d just been using in his martial arts practice and brandished it as a weapon.

It wasn’t the reaction the assailant had expected.

“He jumped back in surprise and backed off, then told me to bike away quick, because his friends were ‘gonna get me,’ or something similarly inane. Sure,” says Streever, who recounted the episode on the Elm City Cycling message board. “I biked away, giving him the evil eye, and dialed 911.”

Urban cyclists in New Haven and elsewhere face dangers, pitfalls and concerns that set them apart from their rural brethren who ply Connecticut’s bucolic backroads.


Learn more about New Haven’s cyclists: “A Cycling Community is Born

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Laissez les bon temps rouler!
March 25, 2007, 11:43 am
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Washington Post photo

Paris gets serious about cycling, introducing a system of low-cost rental bikes as a greener alternative to urban transit. Each bike comes with a handlebar, basket and bell. But where does the ashtray go?

*Once again, we are indebted to our astute friends at Elm City Cycling for bringing this to our attention.*

Mark your calendar
March 14, 2007, 2:18 pm
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Bikesummer is coming.